March 9, 2016

Finland ranks number one in the world for literacy

Finland ranks number one in literacy.
Finland has ranked number one in the world in literacy according to new research.
Sakari Piippo / Finland Promotion board

According to new research, literacy rates in Finland are the world’s highest, ahead of Iceland and Denmark.

The research was carried out by John W. Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. In all, over 60 countries were analysed with  Nordic countries coming out on top.

As well as international literacy studies and assessments (PIRLS and PISA), the study took into account variables such as computer access, libraries, newspapers and population to calculate per capita ratios.

According to the Washington Post, Miller states that if only test scores were taken into account, the Pacific Rim countries, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and China, would have come out on top. However, when factors such as library size and accessibility are added in, the Pacific Rim nations drop dramatically.

“The factors we examined present a complex and nuanced portrait of a nation’s cultural vitality, and what the rankings strongly suggest and world literacy demonstrates is that these kinds of literate behaviours are critical to the success of individuals and nations in the knowledge-based economics that define our global future,” Miller said in a statement.

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